After ending 2017 'perfectly,' Rafael Lovato Jr. 1 'quality victory' away from Bellator title shot


THACKERVILLE, Okla. -Bellator is offering American jiu-jitsu standout Rafael Lovato Jr. everything he needs. Lovato Jr. (7-0 MMA, 3-0 BMMA), who scored a unanimous-decision victory over previously unbeaten middleweight and NCAA Division I All-American wrestler Chris Honeycutt (10-2 MMA, 6-2 BMMA) on Friday at Bellator 189, has been balancing his promising MMA career with top-level jiu-jitsu competitions. The 34-year-old Carlos Machado black belt is a…

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